BOB Alterrain Pro Review
Pros: Handbrake, upgraded suspension, covered storage, jogger
Cons: Heavy, expensive, suspension isn't adjustable
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Beast of Burden (BOB) company began in 1994 in California with Roger Malinowski and Philip Novotny at the helm. With combined specialties of bicycle professional and the airline mechanic, they originally created Yak bike trailers. After fatherhood came calling, the two saw a gap in the market for a rugged stroller suitable for jogging. And with this, the original BOB was created. The BOB company is now owned by Britax.
Ease of Use
The BOB Alterrain Pro is easy to use and while it didn't win top honors here, it is still a straightforward stroller with useful features.
Fold and Unfold
This stroller has a simpler fold than other BOBs with a one hand slide and twist mechanism under the front of the seat. This BOB self-stands and can be rolled like luggage when folded, but it still lacks a carry strap or lifting handle. We love the improved fold and prefer it over the BOBs of yore.
The Alterrain Pro has a fancy new round bar brake pedal that engages brake "pins" into holes. The brakes are single action and work well. We didn't have any issues during testing and they feel somehow beefier than the brakes on other BOBs.
The handbrake is good for slowing the stroller when going downhill and is favored by runners everywhere. This feature worked well during testing and while it won't stop a stroller, it can sure help one ease to a slower stop.
The Alterrain Pro storage basket has a zippered cover to help protect whatever supplies you have on board. The cover is weather resistant and prevents items from falling out over bumpy roads.
The Pro also has a pocket that hangs off the back of the canopy flap, mesh pockets on the back of the passenger seat, and pockets inside the seat for tiny treasures and snacks. We like the passenger pockets and find them more useful than snack trays that many kids can't reach and that items fall off of.
The canopy on the Pro is waterproof and wind resistant. It offers UPF 50+ protection and comes with a peek-a-boo window that is mesh for ventilation. This canopy is taunt and less frumpy than other BOB sunshades and it offers a lot of protection for the passenger. The window cover has magnet closures which offer silent peeking, a plus over loud Velcro closure.
The 5-point harness and buckle on the PRO are both new and outfitted with the new BOB badge. We like the changes, but the buckle is stiff and somewhat harder to open and close than the previous BOB fare. The shoulder straps slide up and down for height and there is one pull strap to tighten the entire harness for fitting.
The Alterrain Pro has a one-hand seat recline but you'll need two to raise it. The leg rest is stationary but sits at a comfortable angle.
The seat is a sling-style seat with some padding and is deep for cozy napping.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Pro is compatible with some infant car seats from Britax, BOB, Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego. The adapters have two attachments for the stroller frame and a metal loop for carrier attachment.
Generally speaking, most pediatricians recommend you wait until your baby is 8+ months old before moving faster than a quick walk. Babies lack the neck and core strength to support themselves over jarring terrain. Between 8-12 months, you can begin jogging on flat surfaces and uneven surfaces should be saved for babies older than a year. Check with your child's doctor before you start running.
Ease of Setup
The Pro took us 5:46 minutes to assemble with a helpful user's manual. Assembly doesn't require any tools and includes putting wheels in place and putting the canopy on. It is one of the easiest in the bunch to unpack and setup.
It is hard to find a stroller that moves better than a BOB and the Alterrain Pro is no exception. With a 3-wheel jogging design including locking swivel front wheel and off-road suspension, this stroller can take even the tightest turns without blinking an eye. The rubber, pneumatic tires and larger wheels keep bumps to a minimum and there is very little this stroller won't roll over. During testing, we had no trouble with grass, gravel, pavement, carpet, roots, rocks, curbs and more.
The rotating adjustable handlebar helps pushers of any height to find the right balance to avoid fatigue and awkward body placement that lead to discomfort. Whether you are navigating the tight aisles of a convenience store or the open range on a nature hike, this stroller will get you there.
Weight and Folded Size
The BOB Alterrain Pro is one of the most substantial strollers in the lineup, which hurt its overall rank. While the beefier wheels and brake system may be worth it for running and ease of use, many of the upgrades on the Pro increased the weight and size over the more traditional BOB offerings. The BOB weighs 31.4 lbs and is 17,357 cubic inches when folded. These measurements make it one of the heaviest and largest options in our full-size testing history. You'll want to check your car space for fit and you'll need to check your lifting prowess before you commit to this stroller.
Historically, BOBs are known for being durable and lasting almost forever. The Alterrain Pro seems of similar ilk with a solid aluminum frame and construction that lacked any errors we could see during our tests. The materials all feel and look high-end and there is no sway, flex, or play in any of the connection points. Fasteners and connection points are largely hidden and the parts that move, do so smoothly. This BOB lacks the adjustable suspension on the other BOBs but it feels suitable for most adventures and a comfortable riding experience for passengers. The overall fit and finish are one of thoughtful attention to detail and good quality control on the manufacturing level. The Pro we purchased didn't have any flaws we could find and it feels like it will live up to the brand's legendary lifespans.
— Wendy Schmitz